Hot Cross Bun have long been a tradition for Good Friday and Easter Sunday with the icing cross on top to symbolize the crucifixion. Making these lightly sweetened buns is simplified by preparing the dough in a bread machine.
Hot Cross Buns
3/4 cup warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
3 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon instant powdered milk
1/4 cup sugar
3/8 teaspoon salt
1 egg white
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon active dry yeast
3/4 cup dried currants
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (I reduced the cinnamon to 3/4 tsp. and added 1/4 tsp. nutmeg & a dash of ground cloves)
1 egg yolk
2 tablespoons water
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoons milk
Put warm water, butter, skim milk powder, 1/4 cup sugar, salt, egg, egg white, flour, and yeast in bread maker and start on dough program.
Punch down on floured surface, cover, and let rest 10 minutes.
Bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for 20 minutes. Remove from pan immediately and cool on wire rack.
Servings per Recipe: 12 Calories: 218